About Us

THE BRITISH ATHLETICS COACHES ASSOCIATION AIMS TO SUPPORT AND REPRESENT ALL ATHLETICS COACHES IN THE UNITED KINGDOM, AND TO PROMOTE THEIR INTERESTS THROUGHOUT THE SPORT.

BACA Founders

MIKE WINCH

A former research scientist, Mike’s involvement in the sport dates back to 1961.  Since then his athletics career has spread extensively over that period in all areas of the sport.

Double Commonwealth silver medallist, many times National Champion, a European finalist and committed coach has extended his influence in the sport.

He was elected athlete’s representative on the British Amateur Athletics Board, Vice President of UK Athletics for four years, Chairman and Secretary of the International Athlete’s Club, Chief Athletics Coach to the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester, Chief Throws coach to the UK World Championships team in Gothenburg, Chairman of Trustees of the British Athletics Charitable Trust, Chairman of South of England Athletics Association and Founder of the UK Track and Field Coaches Association.

Well known for his forthright and progressive views on the failings of the modern sport, he has also been instrumental in stimulating discussion and pressing for positive action on behalf of coaches for many years.  He is very keen to move British athletics coaching towards professionalism and for coaches to be properly rewarded for their work.

For this reason he has founded the the British Athletics Coaches Association.

ALEXANDER  STARR

  Alex has been coaching athletics for 11 years, both at club level and now as an independent coach. He now specialises in sprint coaching and has taken his athletes to National and International status at both junior and senior level.

  He is a practising sports therapist and is a qualified nutritionist. He also teaches athletics part time at Dulwich College during the spring/summer term.

  Alex has many years of extensive experience in Club Athletics administration, policy and procedure up to Chairman level and has also recently become a trustee of the British Athletics Charitable Trust. He also is a team manager with the London Schools Athletics Association.

  He has also pressed for action on behalf of coaches at club level, over the years, and has worked with Mike Winch with regards to taking British athletics coaching towards professionalism.

JUDY OAKES O.B.E.

   Multiple Commonwealth Gold Medallist, Judy has many remarkable achievements over a long competitive career.  She is still British Record Holder in the women’s shot putt event with an incredible mark of 19.36m from 1988, which would put her comfortably in the current medal positions in most major championships even now.

  Judy also achieved the first medal in women’s Olympic Weightlifting of any UK woman, and won many National and European titles.  In Powerlifting she was world, European and British champion.

  Add to this her involvement as athlete’s representative on the former BAAB, Trustee of the British Athletics Charitable Trust and President of the South of England Athletics Association.  She is now a founder of the UK Track and Field Coaches Association.

  She specialises in throws coaching and has helped many young athletes on their path to success over the last 15 years.

   For her services to sport she has been awarded the O.B.E.

 SARAH HEWITT

Sarah has been involved in athletics for more than 20 years as athlete, coach and administrator.  Here specialist field is high jump although she herself is a discus thrower.

  Her knowledge is extensive with a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Sports Coaching with Distinction. She has been coaching for 20 years – all events, but specializing in high jump.

  She has coached a number of junior athletes  to success at the English Schools  with a gold medallist in 2017) as well as several medallists and top 8 placings. She is well respected for her knowledgeable and positive approach as well as being well respected for her major in the club environment.

  Two of her athletes have been selected for England representation, as well achieving England and SE medals.  She currently has three athletes in America on full scholarships.

  Sarah is a UKA Level 3 HJ, and  throws/jumps/speed level 2 and has excellent all round physical and specific knowledge.

  She is currently the Head Coach at Brighton & Hove AC (from May 2016) and was selected for NCP in 2014 in which she took a full part.